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One thousand bikers have taken part in the annual Easter Egg Run delivering Easter Eggs to children at Sheffield Children's Hospital Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A thousand bikers have taken part in the annual Easter Egg Run, delivering eggs to patients at Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Among them was World Superbike Champion and Children's Hospital Charity patron James Toseland.

He led the convoy through the city before arriving at the hospital this morning.

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World Superbike champion takes part in charity Easter Egg run

World superbike champion James Toseland who is patron of The Children's Hospital charity Credit: PA

World Superbike champion James Toseland will be back on his bike but this time for charity as he takes part in the annual Easter Egg run.

James will lead more than 200 bikers, escorted by police, through Atterclife, The Wicker and West Bar before arriving at Sheffield Children's hospital in Weston Park to deliver the children's chocolate treats.

"We are delighted that James Toseland has decided to support us again this year by taking part in the run. The Egg run is a wonderful event for our young patients as they all love to see the bikers arrive.

It's always a spectacular sight, and of course it gives them a great lift when James then takes the time to visit the wards."

David Vernon-Edwards, The Children's Hospital Charity Director

If you are a biker and would like to join the procession, which leaves South Yorkshire Police Operations complex on Europa Way at 8am, its £2 per rider.


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James Toseland in land speed record bid

James Toseland tries the motorcycle for size

Sheffield's Double World Superbike Champion, James Toseland, has launched a UK attempt to break the official world motorcycle land speed record - aiming to achieve a speed of at least 400mph. It is scheduled to take place at Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA in 2014.

On a tour of the University of Derby's Motorsport engineering workshops, James saw and heard about the motorcycle streamliner project aiming to break the current official Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) record of 376.363mph, held by American Rocky Robinson.

He said: "I am hugely excited about this record attempt but I'm under no illusions as to how difficult it will be. I've been racing motorcycles for most of my life but this means learning a completely new technique in order to pilot the motorcycle streamliner.

"If successful, this will be a fantastic personal achievement but also a great accolade to bring back to the UK."

Superbike champion leads charity ride

Dozens of bikers have taken to the streets of Leeds today to raise money for sick children - led by a former world superbike champion. James Toseland was among the biking enthusiasts who gathered at the city's Harley Davidson showroom before setting off in convoy to the Leeds General Infirmary.

They were collecting cash for the Children's Hospital appeal to pay for vital medical equipment and were handing over a cheque for more than a thousand pounds.

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